Where did you work before Futurice?
I’ve always been a software developer, sometimes in consultancies and sometimes in start-ups, doing the same sort of daily work as I’m currently doing now. If the work has been similar, the difference has been the company cultures and the level of inclusion. In previous workplaces I sometimes felt like I was just a resource, but I never feel like that here. At Futurice we’re cared for as people and it feels very inclusive. This should be the norm, but it actually feels very different.
Why did you become a developer?
What do you enjoy most about your work?
That’s easy: problem solving! After spending days trying to figure out what’s not working, finally finding the bug and fixing the feature is the best feeling ever, and this job provides lots of those moments. I also really enjoy the opportunities to try different things, like speaking in tech weeklies – it makes a great change from writing code and customer work. But it’s not just the opportunities that are important, it’s also the fact that we’re given a safe space to explore them.
What does diversity in the workplace mean to you?
Diversity means there are different kinds of people from different backgrounds, and it’s a really good thing for workplaces. Studies show it increases performance, for example. But diversity without inclusion isn’t enough – people need to feel like they belong. As a woman in the tech field in Finland I represent one minority group, and I’ve been impressed at how well Futurice have addressed both diversity and inclusion. I really feel like I belong.
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